Sarasota County Libraries and Baltimore Orioles Hit a Grand Slam for Literacy

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Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources is teaming up with the Baltimore Orioles to offer children in the community a chance at a triple play – read three books and earn tickets to a baseball game. Children, ages 6-18, who register at any of the 10 Sarasota County library branches and read three or more books from now until March 6 can receive a complimentary grandstand ticket to the Orioles’ Spring Training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. This year's Big-League Reader program is coming in time to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of spring training in Sarasota County. The Big-League Reader program, now in its 14th consecutive year, is a joint partnership between Libraries and Historical Resources and the Orioles to promote literacy and a love of reading. "The Orioles' generous donation of tickets over the years speaks volumes about their commitment to literacy,” said Dr. Renée Di Pilato, director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. “It's incredibly uplifting to witness their support, and it sends a powerful message to our children about the value of reading." After registering, children will receive a scorecard to keep track of the books they’ve read. Once they complete their three books, they return to the library to have their scorecard stamped and signed by a library staff member. The stamped card can be exchanged at the box office up until March 6 for a ticket to the game on March 10. The collaboration between Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and the Baltimore Orioles instills the invaluable lesson that reading is a gateway to endless possibilities. For additional information on the Big-League Reader program, visit www.SarasotaCountyLibraries.org or call 311 or 941-861-1110.

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